Programme

Walks Programme

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We are still looking for more members to lead walks, both long and short distances. Any of the experienced walk leaders will be happy to give you help if you need a little confidence to get started.

All walks have a short break, the longer walks a short break plus up to half an hour for lunch. The average pace of the medium walks is 2 miles per hour and the long 2.5 to 3 miles per hour but this can vary with the terrain and at the discretion of the leader. The longer walks tend to be faster paced than the shorter ones.

We would like to encourage more people to car share and some of the walks accommodate this by suggesting meeting up at a specific point. Also consider contacting people who live near you to arrange a lift.

For those walkers who like to use public transport please note that if 3 (up to 9) people travel together on a train they may be eligible for a group discount. For "bus" walks contact the walk leader to confirm bus times. Also please check bus shelter for alterations to schedules.

Incidents on walks

Groups are invited to note the following recommendations:

  • The leader and back marker should always carry a map so that the emergency services can be given accurate directions in the event of an incident.
  • Ensure that the back marker can contact the leader in the event of an incident. It will also be helpful if the leader has an emergency first aid kit in case of trips.

Leaders' mobile phone numbers are given on the contacts page if you have any further queries. You can also click on the leader's name in the programme below to see their mobile phone number (if it is available). Further contact details, such as landline numbers, are available in the printed and emailed versions of the programme.

If you intend to join a walk in extreme weather conditions, please check with the leader before setting out, to save an unnecessary journey.

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November 2017 Return to top
Thu 02 Nov
1030
5 miles Thelma & Paul Townson A walk from Finchampstead Church to the Ridges and Blackwater Valley Path. Refreshment available in the "Queen's Oak" P.H. afterwards. Park near the Church. GR .
Sun 05 Nov
1030
10 miles Ali Melabie Starting from Checkendon Church, a bracing jaunt through woods and farms in this pretty part of the country. Park near the Church, being aware of churchgoers if there is a service that morning. GR .
Sun 05 Nov
1030
4 miles Derek Johnson From Peppard Common a gentle down and up to Rotherfield Greys with no stiles. Start 200 yards beyond the "Red Lion" P.H. just off the B481 at Peppard Common. GR .
Thu 09 Nov
1030
5 miles Chris & Rita Bintcliffe North of Stoke Row, come and explore delightful wood and vale, in and around the Chilterns escarpment. Park opposite the Maharajah's Well, Stoke Row. GR .
Sun 12 Nov
1030
10 miles Vinny Knowles A stimulating walk on a day in late autumn, with ups and downs in the Chiltern Hills and stunning views. Meet in the Watlington Hill car park, Christmas Common. GR .
Sun 12 Nov
1030
5 miles Jill Kendal Starting from Kingwood Common pace yourself on the ups and downs, through woods and commons nestling in the soon to be winter landscape. Drive through Sonning Common on the B481 towards Nettlebed: fork left at the top of Gravel Hill along the Stoke Row Road. Park in an open area on the right after passing the turning called Lime Avenue. GR .
Sun 12 Nov
1030
3/4 miles Monica Hills Stroll. Autumn in the Hambleden Valley. Park and start from Mill End car park on the road to Hambleden off the A4155. GR .
Thu 16 Nov
1030
5.5 miles Kathy Dunne & Mike Newman A walk through the green lanes of Waltham St Lawrence and the hamlet of West End and into Shottesbrooke Park. Start from Waltham St Lawrence Parish Church. GR .
Sun 19 Nov
1030
10/11 miles Marian Waters A varied walk from Bramshill plantation taking in the paths and byways south of Swallowfield and along the Blackwater river. Park at the car park along the Bramshill road. GR .
Sun 19 Nov
1030
4 miles Jenni Aldridge Midgham Park and Carbins Wood with far reaching views across the Kennet Valley. Off road parking area on Lower Common about 1 mile northeast of Upper Bucklebury. GR .
Thu 23 Nov
1030
5/6 miles Chris & Rita Bintcliffe Leave Stoke Row southwards for luscious woodland, around the old Borough Court Hospital site, in the Chilterns. Meet opposite the Maharajah's Well, Stoke Row. GR .
Sat 25 Nov Area AGM, see here for details.
Sun 26 Nov
1030
9/10 miles Paul Townson A late Autumn walk in the Chilterns, to blow away the cobwebs. Start from the Old Kiln at Nettlebed. GR .
Sun 26 Nov
1030
5 miles Sonia Nash From Farley Hill, Chill Hill and Jouldings Farm, with glimpses of the river Blackwater on the Berks, Hants border. Start from the entrance to King George's Field, Castle Road, Farley Hill, RG7 1UB. GR .
Thu 30 Nov
1030
5 miles Thelma & Paul Townson A Christmas tree walk to put you in the mood for the forthcoming festivities. Park In Yattendon west of Church. GR .
December 2017 Return to top
Sat 02 Dec
1130
    A short walk led by Jean Hackett prior to the Mid Berks A.G.M. See here for more details.
Sun 03 Dec
1030
8 miles Vinny Knowles A pleasant walk through Boxford Common and the picturesque village of Winterbourne. Meet at Snelsmore Common car park on the B4494 south of the M4. GR .
Sun 03 Dec
1030
4 miles Jean Hall Stroll. Around the Nettlebed Estate and Rocky Lane. Start from "The Rising Sun" P.H., Witheridge Hill. Post code RG9 5PF. GR .
Thu 07 Dec
1030
5 miles Joan Wheeler Rotherfield Greys and Sonning Common, a flat walk with one slight rise. Lovely views, quiet countryside and a chance to see deer. Park in Rotherfield Peppard by the Church. GR .
Sun 10 Dec
1030
7.5 miles Liz Hewett A varied walk through meadows and woods from Turville Heath and continuing via Pishill, Northend and Ibstone Common. Some stiles and a few fairly demanding up and downs, but the views are worth the effort. Start from the small car park at Turville Heath (where the roads form a triangle on the map). Early arrival at the car park or car sharing is recommended to compete with dog walkers! GR .
Sun 10 Dec
1030
3/4 miles Monica Hills Stroll. Admiral's Copse and Wheats Farm. Start from the Recreation Ground car park at Mortimer. GR .
Thu 14 Dec
1030
4 miles Thelma & Paul Townson Pre- Christmas Lunch walk (subject to weather) from "The Butt Inn" P.H. at Aldermaston Wharf. Eat at 1300 hours. GR . Please let Paul know by Thursday 7 December if you are coming, with your choice of menu and a £10 deposit.
Sun 17 Dec
1030
9 miles Jim Arnott From Overton an orbit of sites around Avebury. Perfect for a bracing winter walk. Start from the parking area on the Ridgeway at Overton. GR .
Sun 17 Dec
1030
5 miles Jenni Aldridge Baughurst and Ashford Hill Common. A walk from copse to copse with views towards Watership Down. Park at Heath End Village Hall car park. GR .
Thu 21 Dec
1030
6 miles Kathy Dunne & Mike Newman Hopefully the now annual pre-Christmas meander along the Thames from Mill End to Henley, for Brunch at the Chocolate Café near the river, followed by the return walk to Mill End. Start from the car park off the A4155 at Mill End. GR .
Tues 26 Dec
1030
4+ miles Jenni Aldridge Join Jenni for this Boxing Day walk from Beenham, for what will probably be the last time before her move. Mince pies and mulled juice will follow the walk. Park outside Beenham Church. GR .
Thu 28 Dec
1030
6 miles Gloria & Mike Ryall In and around Hermitage starting from "The Fox" P.H., a D.H. Lawrence walk from Elizabeth Cader-Cuff's book. This walk passes places D.H. Lawrence and Frieda knew well and several times it crosses the railway line they and their friends used. Park near "The Fox" P.H. in Hermitage, which is off the B4009, five miles north-east of Newbury. Postcode RG18 9RB . GR .
Sun 31 Dec
1030
4 miles Jenni Aldridge A nice start to New Year's eve with a walk. Cold Ash and Ashmore Green. Park at the Ackland Memorial Hall, by the recreation ground, off the Hermitage Road, Cold Ash. GR .
January 2018 Return to top
Mon 01 Jan
1100
4/5 miles Monica Hills & Jean Hall A circular walk from Greys Court, through Shepherds Green and the Nettlebed Estate, to celebrate the New Year. Start from the National Trust car park, if not a member park in Rocky Lane and walk up the footpath to meet in the car park. GR .
Thu 04 Jan
1030
4.5 miles Joan Wheeler Walk to the west of Arborfield over agricultural land, with hopefully not too much snow! Park at the closed end of Cutbush Lane, Shinfield near Shinfield Grange. GR .
Sun 07 Jan
1030
8+ miles Vinny Knowles A walk with a climb at the beginning and the end but we will take it steadily. Downs, woods and a bit of the Ridgeway with some good views. Meet at the National Trust car on Streatley Hill, on the right side of the B4009 from Streatley. GR .
Sun 07 Jan
1030
4 miles Jenni Aldridge A walk from Chapel Row and Bucklebury Common. Look out for the medieval dovecote and the 13th century fish pool. Park on the side of the recreation ground near the tea room, Chapel Row. GR .
Sun 07 Jan
1030
3/4 miles Jean Hall Stroll around the old site of Woodcote R.A.F. base, Cold Harbour and Combe End Farm. Start from Whitchurch Hill Recreation Ground. GR .
Thu 11 Jan
0925
5/6 miles Gloria & Mike Ryall A continuation of where their last London walk ended, from Stoke Newington to Hackney Wick and the Olympic Park via the Capital Ring. This easy walk includes a little street walking and parkland but follows the River Lea Navigation for much of the way. Meet at Reading Station with off peak travel cards. Please bring a packed lunch and be prepared for a longish day. Please phone by Tuesday 9 January to let Mike and Gloria know you are coming.
Sun 14 Jan
1030
8/9 miles Maggie Hills Starting from Henley visiting Rotherfield Greys, Greys Green and Greys Court, Bix and Henley Park. This walk has only one steep climb while using the Chiltern Way, the Oxfordshire Way and even going through Happy Valley. Meet outside Henley Town Hall. GR .
Sun 14 Jan
1030
5/6 miles Chris & Rita Bintcliffe This easy paced walk east of Crowthorne has lots of variety, including Wildmoor Heath Nature Reserve, woodland, heathland, a section of an ancient Roman road and a view of the historic Broadmoor Hospital. Start from the Wildmoor Heath Nature Reserve carpark off the Crowthorne Road, just south of Crowthorne village. GR .
Sun 14 Jan
1030
3/4 miles Monica Hills Stroll Padworth Common and Benyon's Enclosure. Start from small car park on left in Rectory Road (sign to Jubilee Nursery) off the Padworth Road west of Mortimer. GR .
Thu 18 Jan
1030
4/5 miles Monica Hills A walk around Brimpton to hopefully find a show of snowdrops. Start from "The Three Horseshoes" P.H. Brimpton. GR .
Sun 21 Jan
1030
4 miles Chris & Rita Bincliffe Walk prior to New Years Lunch from "The Bull" P.H. Theale (postcode RG7 5AH), returning for lunch at 1300 hours. GR . Please advise Chris or Rita by Wednesday 10 January if you will be attending the lunch , plus your lunch choices, selected from the Sunday lunch menu.
Thu 25 Jan
1030
5.5 miles Kathy Dunne & Mike Newman A gentle walk through the glorious surroundings of Windsor Great Park. Coffee break at the "Copper Horse" with a panoramic view of Windsor Castle and the surrounding area. Start from the car park alongside traffic controlled pedestrian crossing at Ranger's Gate. GR .
Sun 28 Jan
1030
10 miles Paul Townson Get the circulation going with a winter walk in the Chilterns. Start from Mill End car park off the A4155 road to Hambleden. GR .
Sun 28 Jan
1030
6 miles Jim Arnott The Slade, Cold Ash and Thatcham from the car park on Fanny's Lane, Upper Bucklebury. GR .
Sun 28 Jan
1030
3.5 miles Margaret Marshall Stroll from Finchampstead Church, a straightforward stretch of the legs. GR .
February 2018 Return to top
Thu 01 Feb
1030
5+ miles Thelma & Paul Townson A walk starting from Post Box Cottage on the ancient Ridgeway off the road from Streatley to Wantage. Walking to Aldworth and back along the Ridgeway. GR .
Sun 04 Feb
1030
10 miles Vinny Knowles A walk in the Chilterns with some ups and down but with signs of spring. We might see snowdrops. Start from the Pot Kiln off the A4130 at Nettlebed. GR .
Sun 04 Feb
1030
6+ miles Thelma & Paul Townson A beautiful time of the year for a walk in the Chilterns starting from Hambleden. Meet at the car park behind "The Stag & Huntsman". GR .
Sun 04 Feb
1030
3/4 miles Jean Hall Stroll around Allnutts, Nuney Green and Collings End. Meet in Deadmans Lane, Goring Heath. Verge park near the entrance to Haw Farm, postcode RG8 7RS. GR .
Thu 08 Feb
1030
4/5 miles Monica Hills A walk starting from Hambleden, Rotten Row and Hutton's Farm. Start from the car park at Mill End off the A4155 to Hambleden. GR .
Sun 11 Feb
1030
9 miles Jim Arnott A pretty walk from Ewelme to Nuffield and Swyncombe at snowdrop time. Park at the Recreation ground car park south east of Ewelme village. GR .
Sun 11 Feb
1030
5+ miles Chris & Rita Bintcliffe TheThames and Playing fields of Eton. A gentle walk from Datchet offering views of Windsor Castle, Eton and the Thames. The oldest house in the village is "The Royal Stag" P.H. dating from the 1400's. Take M4 to junction 5 and follow signpost to Datchet. Start from Datchet station where parking is available (or park in the village). GR .
Sun 11 Feb
1030
3/4 miles Monica Hills Stroll to Donnington Castle and Bagnor from Snelsmore Common Country Park, off the B4494, north of Newbury. GR .
Thu 15 Feb
1030
6.5 miles Chris & Rita Bintcliffe A tour around "Calleva" site of the Roman settlement and taking in some stunning countryside nearby. Meet at the Recreation Ground car park opposite "The Calleva Arms" P.H., Silchester. GR .
Sun 18 Feb
1030
10/11 miles Marian Waters A mixed walk with a few hills and a walk along the river Thames. Meet in the layby from the former "Seven Stars" P.H. off the A4 at Knowl Hill. GR .
Sun 18 Feb
1030
5 miles Jill Kendal From Highmoor roaming round woods and fields on the Nettlebed Estate: flat walking on the whole. Meet at the deserted "Dog & Duck" P.H. at Highmoor , on the B481. GR .
Thu 22 Feb
1030
5.5 miles Kathy Dunne & Mike Newman A lop-sided figure of eight walk from Hurley to Marlow and back, two of the oldest settlements on the Thames. Refreshment stop in Marlow. Start from the car park at north end of Hurley High Street. GR .
Sun 25 Feb
1000
8 miles Jill Greenwood An interesting walk from Sonning Common, going round the village including Kidmore End, Kingwood and Peppard. Some ups and downs, woods, common land etc. Start from the car park in Sonning Common. GR .
Sun 25 Feb
1030
3.5 miles Margaret Marshall Stroll through woodland plantation south from Eversley. Approach on the A327 and park near the Church on raised area. GR .
March 2018 Return to top
Thu 01 Mar
1030
5+ miles Thelma & Paul Townson A walk from Finchampstead Church around the parish and the Blackwater Valley Path. Park near the Church. GR .
Sun 04 Mar
1030
11/12 miles Marian Waters A walk along the Kennet and Avon canal and up to Greenham and Crookham commons. Meet at Thatcham Nature Discovery Centre car park. GR .
Sun 04 Mar
1030
5 miles Jill Kendal Walk from Nettlebed, up and down to Warburg Nature Reserve with its myriad of footpaths and along the Oxfordshire Way. Meet on the green at Nettlebed near the Old Pot Kiln. GR .
Sun 04 Mar
1030
4 miles Jean Hall Stroll to Rotten Row and Kimberhead Farm and back. Meet at the John Simonds Trust, Black Barn, Rushall Manor Farm, Bradfield. Nearest postcode RG7 6DS. GR .
Thu 08 Mar
1030
4/5 miles Monica Hills A walk with views, Stubbington Down and Hannington. Start from the car park on the left at top of the hill, about 1.5 miles south of Kingsclere on the B3051. GR .
Sun 11 Mar
1030
10 miles Paul Townson Enjoy Springtime in the Chiltern Hills on this lovely walk. Meet at the Old Kiln, Nettlebed. GR .
Sun 11 Mar
1030
3/4 miles Monica Hills Stroll in the Wargrave area in daffodil time (hopefully). Turn east at the traffic lights into School Lane. Park in the pay and display car park on the left. GR .
Thu 15 Mar
1030
7.5 miles Gloria & Mike Ryall Easy walking taking in Sonning village, the river, field paths, towpath and fine views. Bring a packed lunch as the walk may take a little longer than usual. Park in Sonning Lane. Postcode RG4 6UH. GR .
Sun 18 Mar
1030
10 miles Vinny Knowles A pleasant walk eastwards from Hambleden, with some ascents, to enjoy the lovely spring countryside. Meet at the car park behind "The Stag & Huntsman" P.H. at Hambleden. GR .
Sun 18 Mar
1030
5/6 miles Thelma & Paul Townson Enjoy the contrasts of Finchampstead Ridges and the Blackwater Valley. Meet in the National Trust car park off Wellingtonia Avenue. GR .
Sun 18 Mar
1030
3/4 miles Catherine Breen Stroll. Come for a gentle, mostly flat stroll around the new SANGS (Suitable Accessible Natural Green Space) at Arborfield, past the 112 year old Sergeant's Mess and a nose around the SDL (Strategic Development Location) partly competed "behind the wire" at Arborfield Garrison, which includes a beautiful wildlife lake. Stop for coffee at California Country Park. Park in the Garrison Community Centre car park, at the very end of Princess Marina Drive, on the right. Nearest postcode RG2 9NL. GR .
Thu 22 Mar
1030
5.5 miles Kathy Dunne & Mike Newman A country walk from the village of Holyport in an easterly direction via Fifield. No steep hills, mostly flat with gates, a few stiles towards the end. Start from the War Memorial on Holyport Green. GR . Most direct route reminder: M4 to junction 8/9, then A308(M) to roundabout. Take A330 for approximately 1 mile, turn left at the end of a long wall alongside the green, park at the end.
Sun 25 Mar
1030
11 miles Liz Hewitt A pretty walk through a gently hilly part of Berkshire from Bradfield Southend, passing through Chapel Row and Bucklebury and returning via Frilsham and Stanford Dingley. Roadside parking opposite the school in Cock Lane, beside "The Queen's Head" P.H. GR .
Sun 25 Mar
1030
4.5 miles Jenni Aldridge A lovely Spring walk from Mortimer, taking in the Foudry Brook and views towards Hampshire. Meet in the public car park opposite "The Horse & Groom" P.H. GR .
Sun 25 Mar
1030
3.5 miles Margaret Marshall Stroll from Huntercombe the first day of summer time, with views of Oxfordshire on a fine day. Start from the National Trust car park at Nuffield Place. RG9 5RY or RG9 5RX. GR .
Thu 29 Mar
1030
7 miles Chris & Rita Bintcliffe Shiplake and rolling woodland to Harpsden and the river. Return via Marsh Lock and a delightful reach of the river and the hamlet of Lashbrook, back to Shiplake. Park and start from the minor road by the side of "The Plowden Arms" P.H. Turn immediately left into Plough Lane by the side of the pub, off the A4155, park in the road near Shiplake Church of England school. Nearest postcode RG9 4DW. GR .
April 2018 Return to top
Sun 01 Apr
1030
5 miles Jenni Aldridge Enjoy an Easter Sunday walk, Ashampstead Common and Burnt Hill. Start from small public car park 2 miles north west of Bradfield, opposite right hand turn to Pangbourne. GR .
Mon 02 Apr
1030
7 miles Chris & Rita Bintcliffe A walk to Marlow Common, beautiful woods and valleys west of Marlow. Bring a sandwich to munch while enjoying the floral spectacular. Park at Court Gardens Public Carpark, west of Marlow Bridge. Nearest postcode SL7 2AE. GR .
Thu 05 Apr
1030
5/6 miles Joan Wheeler A lovely spring walk with bluebells to enjoy and great views to Rotten Row and Great House. Park at Rushall Manor Farm. GR .

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